Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli has been appointed apostolic nuncio to Singapore, apostolic delegate to Malaysia and Brunei, and non-resident pontifical representative for Vietnam.

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a new apostolic nuncio to Singapore.

Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who was previously the nuncio, or Vatican ambassador, to Indonesia and Timor Leste, will also be apostolic delegate to Malaysia and Brunei, as well as non-resident pontifical representative for Vietnam.

He will be based in Singapore.

The announcement was made on Jan 13.

Archbishop Girelli was born in Predore, Italy, on March 13, 1953. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1978, and ordained as a bishop on June 17, 2006.

He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Capri and apostolic nuncio to Indonesia on April 13, 2006, and apostolic nuncio to Timor Leste on Oct 10, 2006.

It is not immediately known when he will start work in Singapore.

The last nuncio, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, who was based in Bangkok, was appointed to India last May. He had served as apostolic nuncio to Cambodia, Singapore and Thailand, and apostolic delegate to Brunei, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar.

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